High toughness SiC and B4C

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,992.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0006-06-C-7443
Award Id:
78467
Agency Tracking Number:
053-1390
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
921 Main St, Monroe, CT, 06468
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052710076
Principal Investigator:
Prashant Karandikar
Director of R&D
(302) 454-8600
karandikar@mmmt.com
Business Contact:
Michael Aghajanian
VP Product Development
(302) 454-8600
aghajanian@mmmt.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Reaction bonded (RB) SiC and B4C offer high specific stiffness (modulus/density) comparable to beryllium (Be) and higher thermal stability (thermal conductivity/CTE) than Be. However, these materials have low fracture toughness (4 MPa m1/2 compared to 8-10 for Be) and hence have not been considered viable Be-replacement materials for the MDA systems such as the EKV, ABL, etc. M Cubed has demonstrated innovative approach to increase the fracture toughness of RB SiC by 50% to 6 MPa m1/2. In this Phase I, M Cubed will use this innovative approach to further increase the toughness of SiC and B4C through microstructural tailoring to make them competitive with beryllium. In addition, a current production component on the exo-atmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) platform will be fabricated as a demonstration component in the Phase I. In the follow-on Phase II program, the manufacturing technology will be further refined and scaled up. Multiple replicas of the EKV component will be fabricated and characterized to fully develop this component.

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